(Brick Mason) (Plasterer)

(Carpenter) (Roofer)

(Locksmith) (Metal Worker)

(Painter) (Upholsterer)





This is full performance level trades work in the area of specialization. Employees in this class work in a specific trade requiring skill in the use of tools and equipment to perform various maintenance and repair tasks. Work differs from that of corresponding trades classes in that prison trades workers are responsible for the custody of a small group of inmates and for instructing them in the elements of the trade. They are also responsible for the performance of guard duties as required. Work involves some exposure to disagreeable conditions and moderate physical effort. Employees report to a higher--level maintenance superior.


ALLOCATING FACTORS: (The following conditions must be met for a position to be approved for this class.)


Position must be responsible for performing various maintenance and repair work in a specific trade.

Position must have custody of a group of inmates to school them in various aspects of the designated trade.






Explains and demonstrates trade skills and practices to a small group of inmates; assigns repair and maintenance tasks; inspects work on the job, giving advice when necessary.

Keeps order and discipline during work; searches inmates for contraband; watches for and reports unusual conditions or disturbances; takes required action in emergencies to prevent escapes and suppress disorders; performs standard guard duties when necessary.

Makes estimates of time and materials.

Performs related work as required.




Lays brick, terra cotta, cinder and other block to construct walls, partitions, archways, chimneys and other structures; spreads mortar with a trowel over brick; imbeds brick firmly into the mortar and taps it in with trowel into the desired position; finishes mortar between bricks with trowel; cuts brick with hammer to fit spaces too small for whole bricks; checks the horizontal and vertical alignment or rows with gauge lines and mason's level; erects and works from scaffolding.




Erects building frames, installs interior and exterior trim, lays flooring and joists, and refinished wooden furniture; cuts, shapes, and fastens wood and allied materials using power saws, joiners, lathes, planes, and other hand and power tools common to the trade; cleans, sharpens, and repairs hand and bench tools; erects and works from scaffolding and ladders.




Inspects malfunctioning or defective locking devices to determine cause of improper functioning; uses small hand tools to remove locking device from door, closet or locker; disassembles locking device and repairs or removes malfunctioning component; reassembles locking device and reinstalls in proper place; maintains and repairs hydraulic and mechanical door checks or stops by removing, disassembling and repairing, or replacing defective components using small hand tools; reassembles, replaces and tests for proper operation; selects key blanks and duplicates keys by cutting key blank on key machine to fit locks; makes master keys; unlocks doors when keys are lost or broken in the lock or when combinations are unknown, by manipulating lock with small tools or by removing it; changes combinations or cylinders of locking devices and occasionally opens safes when necessary.




Prepares surfaces; removes old paint by use of burners, sandpaper, electric sanders, liquid paint removers, scraper and sandblaster; applies putty, caulking, spackle and plaster to small holes and cracks; applies tape to seams of dry wall; mixes and matches paints and stains using the proper proportions of pigment, base and thinner or by adding tints to a base; applies paint to the interior and exterior of buildings, fixtures and equipment using brushes, rollers, and spray guns; paints to an edge; stains furniture and panels; uses ladders, scaffolding and other positioning devices; sets up such equipment; cleans brushes, rollers and spray guns and makes minor repairs to equipment; removes broken glass from window frames, doors and other areas; cuts and shapes new glass; installs and secures glass using putty, hinges, pins and other materials; may paint free-hand and stenciled signs.




Replaces defective laths; chips out broken plaster, concrete, or tile; mixes plaster; applies rough and finish coats to walls and ceilings; spreads plaster over lath with trowel; smoothes plaster surfaces to desired finish; erects and works from scaffolding.




Prints single and multi-color items on a single or multi-color press involving half-tone, solid line copy and close registration work; operates camera equipment; mixes two or more colors for a color solution; makes necessary adjustments to press and runs job; monitors press while in operation; cleans printing plates and press between color change, using type cleaner or solvent; removes material item after completion. Operates platen and cylinder letter presses; assists in the review and/or preparation of production specifications; performs bindery and shipping work; performs minor repairs on printing equipment. Performs related work as required.




Locates and removes damaged areas of roofs; repairs by applying a variety of surfacing materials such as slate, tin, tile, slag, asphalt, wood, and felt shingles, corrugated metal, or canvas, using small hand tools such as hammers, rippers, pincers, caulking guns, roofing knives and soldering irons; applies flashing and metal stripping for weather proofing; fabricates, repairs and installs rain spouts and gutters, save boxes, skylights, smoke pipes, and other sheet metal appurtenances normally considered part of the roof for repair purposes using tools such as pliers, sheers, rollers, and brakes; may fabricate tin feed boxes and other small metal objects; may assign routine manual labor tasks such as rolling paper or heating tar to a small group of trades helpers; reviews work of helpers for conformance to instructions; performs tasks as assigned during periods of inclement weather.




Inspects metal furniture, building fixtures, doors, ventilating ducts, steam tables and radiator covers; removes worn-out or damaged parts using hack saws and burners; cuts, bends and shapes metal replacement parts; uses hammers, wrenches, tools and related equipment as necessary; prepares estimates of time and material


Sheet Metal Assignment


Lays outs, cuts, bends and shapes metal sheeting for such items as radiator covers, boxes, trash cans, duct work and partitions using shears, angle cutters, rollers, brakes, and other forming machines; punches and drills holes for bolts, screws, and rivets; joins metal parts together using solder, rivets, screws and bolts; attaches replacement parts using solder, rivets, screws and bolts.

Installs, repairs and maintains metal roofing appurtenances such as flashing, eaves, boxes, rain spouts, gutters and smoke pipes.


Welder Assignment


Inspects a wide variety of damaged metal parts or equipment to determine kind of metal or nature of work to be repaired, and tools, equipment and materials to use; performs welding to repair or rebuild damaged metal parts or equipment; welds to remove or build-up damaged metal parts or equipment, using acetylene gas, metallic inert gas (MIG), tungsten inert gas (TIG), or electric equipment such as thermal or oxy-acetylene torch; cuts, molten, brazes and solders damaged metal parts; may weld to remove or build-up damaged plastic or fiberglass parts; designs and fabricates replacement parts such as but not limited to iron fences, gates and locks; attaches fabricated metal parts to parent structures or equipment; may make use of blueprints and written specifications.




Strips furniture down to frame using ripping chisel and shears; repairs defective parts; attaches spring section to frame; cuts and sews new covering; replaces padding and covering over spring section and tacks to frame; screws leg units to frame; touches up furniture with paint as required; cuts, sews, and finishes canvas products and related materials; estimates time and materials for individual work order; maintains production and cost records of furniture received, refurbished and shipped; prepares periodic reports of production, material used and cost figures indicative of actual cost and finished product value.





the methods, materials, tools and practices used in the designated trade specialty.

the occupational hazards and safety precautions of the trade.




the care and use of tools, materials, and equipment used in the trade.




work from ladders and scaffolding.

instruct a small group of inmates in the basic practices of the trade.

make estimates of time and materials.

understand and follow oral and written instructions


MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE (The following statement represents the minimum training and experience standards which will be used to admit or reject applicants for tests. Applications submitted by candidates for this class will be reviewed based on training and experience requirements as approved on 6/08.)




Equivalent to completion of the eighth grade.







Four years of experience learning the trade as a helper or apprentice.




Three years of experience learning the trade as a helper or apprentice.



Any equivalent combination of education and experience determined to be acceptable by the Office of Human Resources.

NOTE: Training in a post high school approved trade school curriculum in the designated specialty area for a minimum of six months up to a maximum of one year can be equated on a month by month basis for the general experience requirement.




Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required of a position in this class.






Possession of a valid proper class motor vehicle operator's license as issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania prior to appointment and during tenure of employment in the trade if required by work assignment.


Class Established:

CSC - 10/82

Ad Board - 11/82

Spec. Revision:

CSC 5/08

Ad Board 6/08

Spec. Revision

CSC 7/08

Ad Board 8/08

Latest Spec. Revision

CSC 8/17

Ad Board 9/17